Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.
This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd
“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)
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"Wonderfully quirky and funny"
Such a hilarious tale, so many famous characters and such ridiculous circumstances, i would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour! Brilliantly read, too, as peter kenny portrays the exact right tone of the story - nonchalant, polite, and whimsical. A fantastic book!!
"brilliant. very funny and unusual. very clever!"
really worked for me. linked the timelines together well and kept making me laugh. I'll buy this book for my mum for Christmas :)
"very dry humour. ..loved it! !"
enjoyed the history lesson...Some laugh out loud moments. The narrator is excellent. I thought he did well with the accents.
"simple, lighthearted humour"
it didn't blow me away, but i think most people would enjoy it. And the reading is really well done, fitting very well with the tone of the text
Yes it is like the Swedish Forrest Gump, but very different story telling, just brilliant!
Really liked this book, funnily enough complete opposite storyline than the Martian which I also really enjoyed, loads of interesting characters , all over the world over 100 years,
"Not for me😕"
This story was disappointing,kept reading it but ended up skipping chapters as I hate giving up on a book. Sadly it did not get better for me.
"A good laugh."
Loved it, could not put it down, a read in one go if there ever was one. I Enjoyed It!
"It's no wonder this book has sold 6 million copies"
heart warming, witty and captivating- this is a story of adventure and friendship. I couldn't stop listening
"A wonderful book"
I loved this book - I had no idea what to expect and from the off I found it to be a book that I didn't want to put down. The whole story was interesting, funny and thoroughly entertaining with a lovely bunch of characters. If only more old people were like that! The narrator was excellent.
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